Going to The New York Botanical Garden? Learn How To Pay Less and Get Great Visitor Tips!
The New York Botanical Garden, located in the borough of the Bronx, was
founded in 1891 by botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton. It is a national historic landmark and one of the United States top horticultural destinations.
The New York Botanical Garden is located on a 250-acre site in the Bronx. You'll enjoy 27 outdoor gardens and plant collections, a breathtaking Victorian conservatory and a 40-acre forest untouched since before the area was settled. Erase everything you’ve every heard about the Bronx! This garden is unmatched!
More than 500,000 people visit the garden every year, and with good reason. It offers something for everyone: a calming stroll through the gardens, inspiration and tips for amateur and professional gardeners alike, a myriad of classes to enjoy, and much, much more. I’ve visited more than 25 times and I never tire of it. Feeling stressed? The Botanical Garden is your antidote!
THE ENID A. HAUPT CONSERVATORY
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, pictured above, is the centerpiece of the garden. You probably recognize its picture because it's been featured in many movies and
magazines. It is the home of the famous Christmas Train Show (NOT to be missed by any age) and more than 3000 plant specimens placed in one of 4 distinct natural environments. You’ll experience The Lowland Tropical Rain Forest, The Upland Tropical Rain Forest, The Desert of the Americas, and The Desert of Africa. No need to hop on a plane--you have it all right here!
The New York Botanical Garden offers a river and cascading waterfalls, a forest, natural terrain with rocks, ponds, and 18 specialty gardens including, but not limited to:
The T.H. Everett Rock Garden
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
The Native Plant Garden
The Arlow B. Stout Daylily Garden
The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and Beth's Maze
The Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden
Other Specialty Gardens and Collections
Log on to nybg.org/gardens for detailed information on all gardens.
Experience the peace and tranquility of the New York Botanical Garden's many waterfalls, right now! See? Now, imagine now much better you'd feel if you were really there?
MY SPECIAL TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
If you are visiting with children, don’t miss The Everett Children's Adventure Garden, a 12-acre indoor-outdoor museum. Your children will learn about plants, science, and the natural world through hands-on activities that are fun and educational. My son loved the topiaries and mazes!
Check out all the family and children's programs that are available.
Traveling with your family? Check out my page on family vacations. You'll find tips and recommendations based on our many years of living in the big apple.
The parking lot fills up very quickly and early. So, get there first thing! You can easily spend the day there.
Bring your own lunch, snacks, and beverages to save time and money. Enjoy the picnic area.
Wear very comfortable shoes.
Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sun screen for the summer. You’ll be outside a lot.
Check the map, and plan your day in advance. It’s tempting to try to "do it in a day," but you simply can not! And, if you try, you won’t enjoy your day. Plan, plan, plan!
Unlike most tourist attractions, this garden offers two dining opportunities that serve the food of renowned caterer Abigail Kirsch.
If this is your first visit, I recommend the Tram Tour to start. It provides an excellent overview of the garden and the narrator is quite informative!
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the borough of the Bronx. Specifically, it's at the Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road in Bedford Park. Their telephone number is (718) 817-8700.
GROUNDS ONLY PASS PRICES
Students (with valid ID): $6
Children (2–12 years): $3
Children under 2: Free
A grounds pass does not include admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, special exhibitions, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, the Rock Garden, or the Tram Tour.
WHAT IS AN ALL-GARDEN PASS?
The all-garden pass includes all current exhibitions, The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, current garden exhibitions, The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, The Rock Garden and Native Plant Garden, Tram Tour, Garden Grounds, Rondina and LoFaro Gallery, Arthur & Janet Ross Gallery, Britton Science Rotunda and Gallery, Nolen Greenhouse, 50 Acre Forest Trail, Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection, and the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.
ALL GARDEN PASS PRICES
Adults: $25 (weekdays $20)
Seniors/Students (w/valid ID): $22 (weekdays $18)
Children (2–12): $10 (weekdays $8)
Children (under 2): Free
Members’ guest passes must be redeemed on site on the day of your visit.
If you are visiting the Botanical Garden as a family or group, or you plan to visit a lot, you should DEFINITELY become a member to save BIG. I highly recommend it...do the math and see what other gardens you will visit in NYC AND elsewhere! Here are membership fees and benefits.
INDIVIDUAL: $80 (100% tax deductible)
Year-round unlimited admission for 1 adult to the Garden grounds, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock and Native Plant Gardens.
Members-only exhibition previews, events, and trips.
4 parking passes.
2 complimentary guest passes.
Discounts at area nurseries and garden centers.
Reciprocal benefits at participating gardens and arboretum.
View exhibitions and reserve member tickets before the general public.
10% discount at Shop in the Garden and monthly Member specials.
Discounts on education programs for adults and children.
Subscription to Garden News, the quarterly newsletter.
Access to the most comprehensive garden and botanical resources available.
Privileges with the LuEsther T. Mertz Library.
DUAL $105 (100% tax deductible)
All benefits of Individual Membership, plus:
Unlimited admission for a second adult.
2 additional parking passes, 6 in total.
FAMILY $125 (100% tax deductible)
All benefits of Individual Membership plus:
Admission for a second adult and up to five children under 16 years of age.
8 parking passes in total.
4 complimentary guest passes in total.
WHEN IS THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN OPEN?
The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday (10 am - 6 pm; in Winter it closes at 5:00 pm), and closed Mondays (except some federal holidays and when the Holiday Train Show is open), Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
BEST TRANSPORTATION TO THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
Click here for directions to the New York Botanical Garden via car, bus, train, subway and bicycle! There IS parking on the street, but it is VERY limited and you'll need to arrive VERY early to snag those spots.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
When you venture out for a day at the gardens, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!